2/9/85 - GCW Superstars

Gorilla Monsoon was once again joined by Mark Niemiller for another episode of GCW Superstars! This would be a huge show as Monsoon & Niemiller hyped it up, mentioning the first round of the Television Title tournament is nearing a close as our sixth first round match would take place tonight with Sam Houston meeting Tully Blanchard of the Heenan Family! Monsoon said he was pulling for Houston as someone needed to shut Blanchard up, but Niemiller countered by saying with Baby Doll now also in Blanchard's corner, he's going to be a tough man to beat. Monsoon then talked about our main event, a tag team match pitting the Rougeau Brothers against Nick Bockwinkel & King Kong Bundy. Niemiller reminded Monsoon not to forget that Bockwinkel promised to respond to the interview he conducted with Rick Martel last week. But first, Monsoon threw it to the ring and Howard Finkel!

Dusty Rhodes pinned Johnny Rodz with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:04:36.
Rating: ** 1/2

This was something a lot of fans were looking forward to - the Superstars wrestling debut of "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes. You'd be hard pressed to find a more popular wrestler in the world than Dusty Rhodes, and the former 2-time World champion was on fire tonight. He was taking on a tough old veteran though in "The Unpredictable" Johnny Rodz. Rodz is known for his acts of unpredictability. Tonight's act, you ask? Wearing two different color boots. Oh, Johnny Rodz… anyway, during the match, Rhodes did an insert promo saying that he was going to do the one thing he has yet to do in GCW, and that's capture the Intercontinental Title from Jimmy Snuka in Pittsburgh. Rhodes had little trouble with Rodz, despite the different color boots, going on to hit the Bionic Elbowdrop for the 1-2-3. Monsoon said that Rhodes looked primed and ready to put championship gold back around his waist, but Niemiller told the Dream he had better be careful because the Superfly has proven in the past that there isn't much he's not willing to do to keep the title.

[TV TITLE TOURNAMENT - FIRST ROUND]:
Tully Blanchard pinned Sam Houston after outside interference in 0:07:02.
Rating: **
[Arn Anderson interfered against Sam Houston.]

We return from commercial to see Tully Blanchard in the ring as Baby Doll is giving him a kiss on the cheek. He was preparing for his first round match in the TV Title tournament against Sam Houston. There was a lot at stake in this match because as a result of the double disqualification between Bruiser Brody & Kamala last week, the winner here would advance straight to the semi-finals. Houston was all fired up, as this was his first big chance to make an impact in GCW. He had a lot of hurdles to vault though. For starters, Blanchard is one of the most technically sound wrestlers in the world. Secondly, Blanchard had Bobby Heenan & Baby Doll on the outside, and you know that they're not shy about getting involved. They would interfere a lot, but once again, Baby Doll seemed to be as much a distraction for Blanchard as she was for Houston. When Blanchard had the advantage, he called Baby Doll up on the apron and went over to her. Referee Danny Davis went over to get Baby Doll back on the floor, which let Heenan sneak into the ring. The Brain took off his shoe and looked like he was going to clock Houston, but Houston turned around and saw him. The crowd was in a frenzy as Houston asked them if he should knock Heenan's block off. But before he could, somebody rushed out from the back, picked Houston up, and planted him with a spinebuster! The man rolled out of the ring as quickly as he had entered. When he was out, Baby Doll told Blanchard to stop flirting with her and go make the cover. He did, and now, Blanchard is in the semi-finals!

After the match, Mark Niemiller went down to get a word with Bobby Heenan, asking who this man was. Heenan introduced him as ARN ANDERSON, the newest member of the Heenan Family. Heenan said that now they were just two matches away from Tully Blanchard being the first Television champion. When Niemiller returned to the booth, Monsoon was sickened by the whole deal and said that he hoped the Heenan family got what was coming to them.

DON MURACO & MR. FUJI INVADE HOLLYWOOD

We cut to a vignette featuring "The Magnificent" Don Muraco & Mr. Fuji in Hollywood. Fuji said that he heard that GCW was trying to get some celebrities lined up to be at the biggest show in wrestling history, Super Cade, on March 31. He said there were no bigger celebrities in the world than Mr. Fuji & Don Muraco, so they were in Hollywood to personally round up their famous friends. The next few shots were these two trying to get into a variety of LA hot spots, looking more dejected each time. By the end, the two once cheery men were walking with their heads down before they stumbled upon CINDI LAUPER sitting outside of a street cafe. Muraco ran up to Lauper and talked to her like they were old friends, while Lauper looked on confused and said, "Who is this guy!?" After a bit, Lauper got upset, and her bodyguards pulled Muraco & Fuji away, while Fuji kept saying, "Call me!" as the segment came to an end.

Gorilla Monsoon couldn't contain himself with joy, calling Mr. Fuji a buffoon and that he had to have a couple screws loose if he thought he was friends with music superstar Cindi Lauper. Niemiller countered that Lauper didn't need to send her goons after them though. Monsoon responded with a, "Will you be serious!?" before we went to the ring for our next match.

Ted DiBiase and Barry Windham defeated Paul Kelly and Ron Shaw when Windham pinned Kelly after a waistlock suplex in 0:03:21.
Rating: 3/4*

Another match, another dominant performance for Ted DiBiase & Barry Windham. DiBiase promised Windham's father that he would take care of him. Not only has he done that, but he's helped develop Windham into a more complete wrestler. Monsoon has noticed the change in Windham, saying he is more aggressive in the ring than he's ever been. Niemiller reaffirmed his prediction that we were looking at future World Tag Team champions. Windham put Paul Kelly away with a textbook waistlock suplex.

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

Back from commercial we were immediately in the studios at GCW Headquarters for the Live Event Report with the incomparable "Mean" Gene Okerlund. We are just two weeks away from what promises to be a gigantic show in Pittsburgh, PA at the Civic Auditorium. Okerlund said that the show is bound to be a sellout by bell time, but there are still some great seats still available so call the box office. The show will be headlined by a big World Title defense, as the reigning and defending 3-time champion Bob Backlund putting the gold on the line against Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat. We got some words from Steamboat about the status of his arm after Backlund slammed it in a car door recently down in Steamboat's hometown of Charlotte. Steamboat had his arm wrapped up and said that he was in a tremendous amount of pain after the cowardly attack on him by Backlund. He says his arm is at about 50% now and he is doing everything to be ready for his big title opportunity in Pittsburgh. He has beaten Backlund in the past, including back in Phoenix in a tag team match. He promised that he would be the World champion on February 23. Okerlund then ran down the rest of the card, highlighted by Jimmy Snuka vs. Dusty Rhodes for the Intercontinental Title, the Midnight Express and the Rock 'N Roll Express in a non-title encounter, Bruiser Brody and Eddie Gilbert in what should be a brutal affair, the British Bulldogs vs. The North-South Connection, and just added, there will be a battle royal held where the winner receives an Intercontinental Title shot on March 17 in Minneapolis! Before sending it back to ringside, Okerlund said that the first matches for Super Cade, the biggest wrestling show of all-time, are starting to be finalized and soon there will be a big announcement regarding the show!

Jimmy Snuka pinned Jim Powers with the Superfly Splash in 0:04:02.
Rating: -1/4*

Jimmy Snuka has a busy night coming up, not only having to defend his Intercontinental Title against Dusty Rhodes in Pittsburgh, but if he somehow retains, having a new challenger crowned in the just announced battle royal. He was in non-title action tonight, taking on Jim Powers. Powers has had a rough GCW career to date, and the former fan-turned-wrestler is still trying to get his sea legs, so to speak. He was fired up because though on paper he might not have had much of a chance, a good showing against the Superfly could do a lot for his confidence. The strong, athletic Powers did look impressive at the onset, hitting a nice bodyslam and a high dropkick. Snuka got in control with a thumb to the eye and a jumping headbutt. The Superfly didn't let up after that, hitting the Superfly Splash to get the pin. That wasn't enough for Snuka though as he picked Powers up and threw him over the top rope. A nice performance by Snuka, but Jim Powers is no Dusty Rhodes.

NICK BOCKWINKEL RESPONDS TO RICK MARTEL'S INTERVIEW

Before our main event tag team match pitting the Rougeau Brothers against Nick Bockwinkel & King Kong Bundy, as promised, Bockwinkel commented on the interview we had last week with Rick Martel. Bockwinkel stood in the ring with Bundy & Bobby Heenan flanking him, and outright called Martel "pathetic." Bockwinkel said that he has been in this business for a long, long time, and he has never seen a bigger crybaby than Martel. Bockwinkel said injuries are apart of the game, and if you can't handle it, you don't belong in this business. "And clearly, Martel, you don't belong in this business." Bockwinkel concluded by saying that if Martel valued his quality of life at all, he would make that whining interview last week be the last time any of us ever saw him. Monsoon & Niemiller were both taken aback by these comments, and both hoped that the Rougeau Brothers shut him up tonight.

The Heenan Family (King Kong Bundy and Nick Bockwinkel) defeated The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) when Bockwinkel defeated R. Rougeau by disqualification in 0:09:59.
Rating: * 1/2

Bockwinkel may be a huge jerk, but he is exceptionally skilled in the ring, even at his age. He is one of the most prolific wrestlers in GCW history, not only having a year long Intercontinental Title reign, but being a 3-time tag team champion as half of arguably one of the greatest tag teams in wrestling history, the Cripplers. His team with King Kong Bundy hasn't reached that type of success, but they have been extremely tough in their previous outings. They weren't going to have it easy in our feature contest against Jacques & Raymond, the Rougeau Brothers. There was a lot of emotion in this match. The Rougeaus are both good friends with Rick Martel, all of them being Quebec natives and having been up and down the road together many times. The Rougeaus controlled the pace of most of this match, doing their best to keep Bockwinkel in the ring, because Bundy is not someone you want to try to keep in check. When Bockwinkel got Bundy into the match, the complexion changed as Bundy went to work using his size and power to neutralize the teamwork of the Rougeaus. It looked like Bundy could have put the match away, but Bockwinkel insisted he get tagged in to put Raymond away. Raymond snapped though when Bockwinkel cockily strutted in, getting to his feet and unloading on Bockwinkel with closed fists. Referee Tommy Young tried to pull Raymond off, but Raymond was in a rage and shoved Young out of the way. Young had no choice but to DQ the Rougeaus, but they didn't care as they both jumped in the ring to go after Bockwinkel. Bundy interrupted this by getting in the ring, but the Rougeaus met him with a double dropkick that sent the mountain of a man tumbling through the ropes. It was enough of a distraction though for Heenan to get Bockwinkel out of the ring. The show went off the air with the Rougeaus begging for the Heenan Family to get back in the ring.

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Next week on Superstars, our main event pits Jim Duggan and Bad News Brown against one another in the TV Title tournament! Not only that, but Ricky Steamboat is going to test out his injured arm in action in the ring! We'll see how it holds up as he goes into his huge World Title shot in 2 weeks. Arn Anderson will make his official debut, Magnum T.A. will be in action, and Robert Gibson will take on Dennis Condrey!

2/23/85 - CIVIC AUDITORIUM - Pittsburgh, PA

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Ricky Steamboat
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Jimmy Snuka (c) vs. Dusty Rhodes
Non-Title - The Midnight Express (c) vs. The Rock 'N Roll Express
Bruiser Brody vs. Eddie Gilbert
The British Bulldogs vs. The North-South Connection
Battle royal for an Intercontinental Title shot

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